By Doug Haddix
IRE training director
There’s nothing wrong – and everything right – with rehearsing interviews, especially those that must be done by phone, according to Manny Garcia, executive editor of El Nuevo Herald in Miami, Fla.
Sometimes, a reporter has only a minute or two to make a pitch by phone, given obstacles such as call-waiting and voice mail.
Garcia’s advice came during an IRE Ethnic Media Watchdog Workshop at Boston University on Sept. 12.
At the end of every interview, he said, ask the source if you forgot to ask something. Often, that opens up a crucial second round of the interview.
Garcia’s other tips included: